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Children's Records, Part 3. The Adventures of The Brezhnev Town Musicians
Among the soviet children’s records “The Bremen Town Musicians” stands out as the ultimate Nr.1, the super bestseller, the legendary legend. Today it’s hard to imagine how years ago (1969, to be precise), as it was recorded, this new version of the old german fairy tale was considered controversial, even highly provocative. Well, no surprise in a country where everything that was supposed to be released publicly, was carefully scrutinized and mercilessly censored. So what exactly about “The Bremen Town Musicians” was so controversial?
Next to the Donkey, The Cat and The Dog from the original tale this adaptation features The Troubadour, The King, The Princess and The Thugs. Apparently The Troubadour looked too much like Elvis (only blond). As everyone was used to reading between the lines (even if there was nothing to read there), in The King and The Princess some saw an allusion to Brezhnev, then the leader of the USSR, and his heavy drinking daughter Galina, who was rumoured to be fond of the artist-type men (in the musical The Princess runs away with The Troubadour). Eventually the musical was released and became a hit with 28.000.000 sold records. And it’s kind of funny how its main theme became an underground soviet hippy anthem. But in a way, it perfectly resonated with what being a hippy was about:
There’s nothing better
Then roaming around the world with your friends
Those who are united will overcome all the troubles
All we care about is The Road ...come back tomorrow to hear “The Gay Puppy & the Sawfish Vs. The Wild Guitars - The Weird World of Soviet Children’s Records” mix!
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